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Conflict is an ever present process in human relations, as it inevitably affects the individual and social dimensions of human existence. In today’s globalised and multicultural world, conflict has evolved into a multi-faceted phenomenon which poses new challenges to society.

About

The “Conflict Managers of Tomorrow” project, coordinated by Prof. Silvana Dalla Bontà, is the result of a synergy between different players: students and alumni of the University of Trento Faculty of Law - the main contributors to the project -, the University of Trento Law School Alumni Association, and Washington University School of Law.
The project intends to create a virtuous circle of mutual improvement and intergenerational exchange within the Faculty. Since the first participation of the University of Trento in the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition and in the Italian Mediation Competition - in 2011 and 2013 respectively, senior students have acted as trainers and coaches for future participants in the project. Past participants who are now professional mediators, negotiators and attorneys continue to share their expertise with current students.

Goals

The aim of the project is two-fold. In the short-term, the project will train a generation of settlement-oriented young professionals that will develop specific mediation and negotiation skills. In the long-term, the project will contribute to spreading the use of alternative dispute resolution as the preferred alternative to court litigation.

What We Do

The project aims to train three teams of students participating in three different competitions, namely the Italian Mediation Competition, the Italian Negotiation Competition, which is a pre-moot event for the International Negotiation Competition, and the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition.
The project is highly interdisciplinary and features a wide range of teaching methods. The key pillars of the project are peer teaching, learning by doing, team working, and mediation & negotiation role playing.
While developing a wide array of hard and soft skills, students gain a thorough understanding of conflict dynamics and learn how to achieve negotiated or mediated solutions through problem solving and effective communication.

The Project

Coursework/Curriculum

Students participating in national and international competitions are required to complete relevant coursework, and namely a Clinic in Alternative Dispute Resolution, a skills lab on Negotiation & Mediation Training & Coaching, a specific mentoring program in negotiation and mediation and a skills lab on Effective Communication & Soft Skills.
This multifaceted course package is based on progressive and multidisciplinary education, with a special focus on student-centred learning. Particular attention is devoted to the understanding of:
- conflict dynamics;
- conflict resolution through a collaborative and interest-based approach;
- distributive justice (win-win outcome) as a means to attain mutually acceptable solutions.

Competitions

The project aims to train three teams of students participating in three different competitions every year:
1. the Italian Mediation Competition, organised by the Milan Chamber of Arbitration;
2. the Italian Negotiation Competition, which is a pre-moot event for the International Negotiation Competition;
3. the International Commercial Mediation Competition organised by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

Partnership with Washington University in St. Louis

The project draws upon an ongoing cooperation with Washington University in Saint Louis, within the framework of the Transnational Law Program (TLP).
Thanks to the TLP, students of the University of Trento had the opportunity to obtain an LL.M. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Washington University, receive specific training in negotiation and mediation, and participate in national mediation competitions in the United States. Upon returning to Trento, these students have fruitfully shared their knowledge with their peers within the project.

The Team

Faculty & Staff
 Silvana Dalla Bontà 

SILVANA DALLA BONTÀ, Associate Professor of Civil Procedure at University of Trento School of Law – Coordinator of the Project

Rachele Beretta

RACHELE BERETTA, LL.M. in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution - Washington University School of Law, Masters’ Degree in European and Transnational Comparative Law - University of Trento School of Law, Mediation Team Coach

Eva Campi EVA CAMPI, HR&Managerial Development Consultant Partner at Newton S.p.A.
Luca De Rosa

LUCA DE ROSA, LL.M. in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution - Washington University School of Law, Coach in mediazione

Maurizio Di Rocco

MAURIZIO DI ROCCO, Civil and Commercial Mediator, Attorney at Law, Lecturer at University of Trento School of Law

Corrado Mora

CORRADO MORA, Civil and Commercial Mediator, CEDR Accredited Mediator, CIArb Accredited Mediator, MCIArb (Med.), Attorney at Law

Jacopo Mosca

JACOPO MOSCA, Civil and Commercial Mediator, Attorney at Law, Lecturer at University of Trento Law School

Silvia Toniolo

SILVIA TONIOLO, Linguistic Expert at Trento University Language Center

Lorenzo Zoppellari

LORENZO ZOPPELLARI, PhD Candidate in Philosophy of Law, Mediation Team Coach

Students Team

CIM-Italian Mediation Competition

Rachele Beretta

Rachele Beretta

Rachele graduated from Università degli Studi di Trento in 2018 and holds an LL.M. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Washington University in St. Louis. Before completing her studies, she interned at the ICC International Centre for ADR in Paris. Rachele is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Alternative Dispute Settlement at the University of Antwerp, focusing on procedural justice in Onli-ne Dispute Resolution.

ICC-Mediation Competition

Luca De Rosa

Luca De Rosa

Negotiation & Mediation Team Coach
Luca is a J.D. candidate in Comparative European and Transnational Law at Università degli Studi di Trento and holds an LL.M. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout his studies, Luca interned in the Litigation and Arbitration department of two law firms, in New York and Milan. Luca was a member of both the ICC Mediation and International Negotiation Competition teams in 2019.

Marco Baio

Traveling Team Member - 2020 ICC Mediation Competition
Marco graduated from Università degli Studi di Trento in March 2020 and holds an LL.M. in Cor-porate & Financial Law from the University of Glasgow. During his studies, he spent one semester at Passau Universität and obtained a Certificate in European Comparative and International Law. Marco is currently a legal trainee in the Banking & Finance department of an international law firm in Milan.

Daniele Isidoro

Daniele Isidoro

Traveling team Member - 2020 ICC Mediation Competition
Daniele holds an LLM in U.S. Law, with a focus on Corporate Law and Alternative Dispute Resolu-tion from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently pursuing his J.D. in Comparative Eu-ropean and Transnational Law at Università degli Studi di Trento. Daniele is highly interested in how ADR can help shaping a global forum for dispute resolution and transnational contamination.

Silvia Pizzo

Silvia Pizzo

Traveling Team Member - 2020 ICC Mediation Competition
Silvia is a student of Comparative European and Transnational Law from Università degli Studi di Trento and holds an LL.M. in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Washington University in St. Louis. Silvia is greatly interested in ADR, and especially in International Dispute Resolution and complex business transactions.

Irene Terenghi

Irene Terenghi

Traveling Team Member - 2020 ICC Mediation Competition 
Irene is currently attending her last year of law school at Università degli Studi di Trento and has obtained an LL.M. in U.S. Law from Washington University in St. Louis. Interested in Data Protec-tion Law, she has interned at an Italian law firm specialised in the field. She is also interested in ADR and is looking forward to improving her skills in this area.

INC-Italian Negotiation Competition

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Rachele Beretta, Negotiation & Mediation Team Coach:
"The Conflict Managers of Tomorrow project provides a privileged framework for applying the knowledge acquired throughout one’s studies. My experience as a coach proved to be a valuable opportunity to develop new competencies and challenge myself…while learning from the students!"

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Prof. Silvana Dalla Bontà
Associate Professor of Civil Procedure at University of Trento School of Law – Coordinator of the Project
Phone 0461 281869
silvana.dallabonta [at] unitn.it